I found an article entitled “Taking the fear out of career change” which suggests 5 steps in making a career change. I’m in the midst of doing this myself and so far I’m doing pretty well, if I use these steps as a measure. Lets take a look:
- Test things out before you make the leap: As I’m not exactly sure what I want to do this is pretty important for me. I’ve begun applying to different internships as a way to try out new jobs and see if I like them. Also I’m exploring starting my own company and have begun networking with other entrepreneurs and developing business plans and seeing where that takes me.
- Talk about your change in a way that will make it happen: I haven’t done too well here as I’m not really sure what I want to do next, so I’m usually pretty sketchy when talking about it. I need to get better at this.
- Keep your significant other in the loop: Check. She is very supportive.
- Make the change before you go nuts: I think I was a little late on this. I stayed in banking about a year longer then I wanted to. On the upside I’ll be able to support myself financially for quite awhile which gives me a lot of flexibility.
- Downplay financial issues: My long term earning goals are pretty high, but in the short-term I’m willing to be flexible and sacrifice pay in order to learn. That being said, it’s difficult burning cash with none coming in.